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The Five Jars


Published August 1, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Five Jars, by M.R. James. Read by Peter Yearsley.

The Five Jars is the only novel written by James, who is best known for his ghost stories. It is a peculiarly surreal fantasy apparently written for children. While he is out walking, the narrator is drawn to a remote pool, and finds a small box that has been hidden since Roman times. He gradually learns how to use its contents, fighting off a series of attempts to steal it, and becomes aware of a strange world hidden from our own. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

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Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 2:11:10

Reviews

Reviewer: Timothy Ferguson - - December 31, 2013
Subject: Very well read
A light children's story from a master of horror fiction. Not his finest work, but emminently listenable. The reader here does excellent work, lending the piece interest and gravity which it does not innately have.
Reviewer: Pyrodin123321 - - December 16, 2010
Subject: Great story, kinda short though!
I give this one 4 and 1/2 stars, only reason is it could have been longer, didn't want it to end!
Reviewer: gl1200phil - - July 25, 2010
Subject: This (sort of) adult enjoyed the Story!
What a great little story! This is the only children's story, written by M R James, better known as a horror story writer. This adult enjoyed the story, and would recommend it highly for children and parents too!
Mr Yearsley does a superb job reading and it was a real treat to hear his personifications of all the characters! He has few equals!
Reviewer: novelreader - - July 20, 2010
Subject: loved it
I loved the story and the reader did a great job. Thankyou.
Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - - September 8, 2009
Subject: What a fantastic story!
This is a short fantasy - with little people and magic. I found it wonderfully entertaining and diverting and would highly recommend it for both adults and children.

Peter Yearsley does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.
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